Community, Environment, Hard Work, Independence, Privacy, Small Scale – these are the identified common values of Vermont residents that the new report, "Imagining Vermont: Values and Vision for the Future" describes. In this seminar, Paul Costello and Sarah Waring will share the results of the two-year Council on the Future of Vermont project.
Following in the path of statewide public dialogue projects from decades past, the Council on the Future of Vermont combined many months of public forums, focus groups and listening sessions, with statistically significant polling data and trend line research. The finished product is a reflection of Vermonters’ values, concerns and priorities, which compares and contrasts the trend lines and history of Vermont public policy issues with the common understandings of Vermonters today.
Costello and Waring give an overview of the process of the project, including the key findings from public dialogues, the historical background to the project, and the significant changes over time uncovered in research and polling. The results of the project are categorized into six topic areas: Vermont Community, Vermont Economy, Landscape and Natural Resources, Youth and Education, Health/Transportation/Safety, and Vermont Civic Culture.